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CSSA Scheme

The CSSA Scheme provides a safety net for those who cannot support themselves financially to meet their basic needs.

Eligibility Criteria

An applicant must satisfy the following conditions:

  1. Residence Requirement
  2. Financial Tests
  3. Additional Criteria for Able-bodied Adults

Types of Payment


  1. Standard Rates
  2. Supplements
  3. Special Grants

How to Apply

A person can make an application directly to a social security field unit near to his/her place of residence by phone, by fax, by e-mail, by post, by online form or in person. An application may also be made through a referral to the Social Welfare Department by another government department or a non-governmental organization. Upon receipt of an application, staff of the Department will conduct investigation and verification of the applicant's circumstances and information provided through office interview and home visit.

Service Charge

No service charge is required

More information (downloadable)

Item / NameDownload File / Link
Pamphlet on Comprehensive Social Security Assistance SchemePDF / Word
Pamphlet on the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme and the Social Security Allowance Scheme - Residence requirements for applicants and permissible limits of absence from Hong Kong during receipt of paymentPDF / Word
A Guide to Comprehensive Social Security AssistancePDF
Information Sheet on the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme - Treatment of maintenance paymentsPDF
Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Registration FormPDF / Online Form
A Brief of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme (in ethnic minority languages)Other Languages

Information of Service Unit

Item / NameDownload File / Link
Addresses, Telephone Numbers and Opening Hours of Social Security Field UnitsPDFWordLocation Map
Service Boundaries of Social Security Field UnitsLink